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Charity donates equipment for physically challenged Bhutanese

DSC_3052Assistive devices at YHS auditorium

Disability: The Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB) yesterday received assistive devices worth about Nu 800,000 from a United Kingdom based charity, Physio Net. British Honorary Consul to Bhutan, Michael Rutland on behalf of Physio Net, handed over the equipment- hospital and physiotherapy equipment, wheelchairs, mobility items and ancillary supplies to DPAB. DPAB will distribute the equipment to the three disabled persons’ organisation – The Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), Draktsho and DPAB. “We hope the equipment will improve the life quality of many disabled people [... Read More]

Chumey mini hydel closed

IMG_9810The mini hydel has remained closed for the last 14 months

A project is in the pipeline to give the plant a complete overhaul Hydropower: After generating power for 25 years, the Chumey mini hydel project in Bumthang has remained closed for more than a year now following a major mechanical break down due to dilapidation of crucial operational machines like turbines and flywheel. According to Chumey Bhutan Power corporation (BPC), the mini hydel was shut in October 2013.  Also known as Gyetsa mini hydel project, it was constructed in 1988 to supply power to central [... Read More]

No amenities in Dagana town

IMG_2120Dagana town

This is two years after residents moved to the new location Development: Dagana dzongkhag has a fairly new town. But two years after businesspeople moved to the new township, amenities of a town like proper drainage system, internal road networks and proper connected drinking water are still missing. Shopkeepers of the small town shifted to the new town in December 2013. They were promised the necessary infrastructure as soon as they move. A hotel owner, Kaka, said that it is high time the municipal provided [... Read More]

Energy cooperation to be strengthened

unnamedIndian Finance minister Arun Jaitley calls on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay at the Leela Palace yesterday in New Delhi

10,000 MW by 2020 target to be reviewed Visit: Hydropower was a key area of discussion during Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay’s official visit to Gujarat and Delhi. Although it is certain that the target of generating 10,000 MW of electricity by 2020 would not be possible, the government of India (GoI) expressed strong commitment on expediting the process. Economic affairs minister, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, said the affirmation of GoI towards developing hydropower was very clear. He said the Minister of Power, Piyush Goyal and Lyonchhoen reaffirmed [... Read More]

Groundbreaking ceremony for Labar-Khengzor farmroad construction

IMG_0789On completion, the farm road will benefit 88 households

SDP: With the groundbreaking ceremony on January 14, villagers of Labar-Khengzor in Khar, Pemagatshel are all smiles, as soon their chiwog will be connected with a farm road. The construction of a 5km farm road began yesterday.  The project is funded under the first batch of small development projects (SDP), a part of government of India’s grant assistance to Bhutan in the 11th Plan, stated a press release from the Gross National Happiness Commission. A total budget of Nu 15M has been allocated for the [... Read More]

Badminton coaching camp draws 62 youth in Mongar

IMG_9933Youth practice badminton at the Mongar LSS auditorium

Sports: Sixty-two youth between 10-20 years are participating in a two-week long Badminton coaching camp at Mongar Lower Secondary School in Mongar. National Badminton Coach Sherab Gyeltshen said the main objective of organising this champ, which ends on January 18, is to train players from the eastern dzongkhags for the preparation of U-19 tournament which will be held in May this year. For the last one week, the coach has taught the basics of badminton and its rules. Sherab Gyeltshen said it was important for [... Read More]

PM calls on Indian President

PresidentVisit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay calls on the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday in New Delhi, India

Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay, on his first day in Delhi called on the President, Vice President and met the Indian Foreign secretary, Minister of External Affairs and the minister of Power yesterday. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee welcomed Lyonchhoen and said Lyonchhoen’s speech at the Vibrant Gujarat event has made a positive impact in India. The President also mentioned about PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan shortly after the elections and recalled most fondly, his recent visit to Bhutan. Lyonchhoen informed the President about the close [... Read More]

Bolstering communication machinery

DSC_7333National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo launches the strategic plan 2014-2018 yesterday

Website: The National Assembly (NA) yesterday launched a bilingual website that will now allow the people to watch the Parliament sessions live on the site. Jigme Zangpo, the Speaker, said that it is important to have such a website for better public service delivery and to have strong government. The website has a platform where people can share their opinions and leave feedback. The speaker said that the new website will strengthen democracy as people can share their thoughts. “It would also help government officials [... Read More]

Lauri’s long wait for electricity soon to be over

DSC_6078Villagers of Doongmanma contribute labour by carrying electricity poles to their village

Power: With almost 90 percent of the work completed, Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) expects to electrify Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar’s most remote gewog, by mid this year. Divided in two packages, work on the much-awaited rural electrification  (RE) project began in 2012 and was supposed to complete by June 2013. But monsoon and its remote location hindered the installations of trunk line and, the electrification was delayed. However, BPC is now left to erect a few transformers, wire and charge the system, which is expected to complete [... Read More]

February 15 – the latest launch date for Dagachu

unnamed-1Workers repair the damaged section of the tunnel

A series of hiccups caused the project to overshoot its original target by more than two years DHP: The 126-megawatt (MW) Dagachu hydropower project will start operating commercially from February 15, according to officials. The project, which was supposed to have been completed in October last year, was delayed because of the failure of a 10m gravel trap section on October 3. Chief executive officer (CEO) Thinley Dorji said that 98 percent of the work to re-construct the damaged portion was complete and the rest [... Read More]

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